Tuesday, August 13, 2013

PUNK at the Met

The Met's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk's visual symbols. Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of "do-it-yourself" and the couture concept of "made-to-measure," the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk's origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy. Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.(Met Museum)

    I visited The Met with a close friend of mine yesterday and I am so glad I did. We went at a good time and the museum wasn't terribly crowded.

    Upon walking into the exhibit you are sucked into a world of PUNK. There are description on the wall of the whole Punk era in New York City and London. There is also a replica of the very popular NYC nightclub CBGB's bathroom. I admire the fashion so very much and how true to the era the works were. On display there were various clothing design by iconic names in fashion such as: Margeila, Versace, Alexander Mcqueen, and Galliano. The clothes were all heavily punk inspired, ripped, layered, cover in paint splatters and safety pins. It was all very impressive, not just the clothing but also the overall design aesthetic. There were colorful lights and and a different feel for each room/section. There was also punk music playing and various TV screens playing footage of various punk icons of that era.

     I enjoyed the entire exhibit very much, personally I already admire the entire punk era although I wasn't too knowledgeable about and now I'm glad that I learned more.


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